YMMV / Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness

  • Breather Boss: Gorigan's second fight isn't exactly easy, but it's sandwiched between Ardos and Eldes, two of the hardest boss fights in the game. It almost comes across as relaxing compared to those two.
  • Contested Sequel: To Pokémon Colosseum. While it cleaned up a lot of the criticism that game got, certain things, such as the less involved plot, the Lighter and Softer take on Orre, and in general recycling a lot of plot elements from Colosseum made many feel like this game was a step backwards. The only thing people never seem to criticize is Shadow Lugia.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Shadow Lugia for being utterly badass and Miror B. (again) for being hilarious, Laughably Evil, stylish, and having awesome music, are the most remembered characters in the game. Even to this day there are several fans demanding that they both make another appearance in the series.
    • Lovrina, for her Genius Ditz personality who doesn't lose an ounce of her valley girl accent or competence while she cheerfully crosses the Moral Event Horizon in creating new and stronger Shadow Pokémon.
    • Cipher Peon Kleef, for having the audacity to avert Mook Chivalry for once in the series and ambush you right after a boss fight, while you're on your way to the nearest healing machine. Among those who've played this game, he's fondly remembered as the smartest evil team Grunt in the entire franchise.
  • Even Better Sequel: Despite the above, the gameplay is universally considered an improvement across the board. Shadow Pokémon now have fleshed out movesets, don't try to kill themselves with recoil damage, are much more useful in battle, there's a greater variety and number than before, you can convert Shadow Pokémon in batch now without having to constantly keep a slot open to individually Purify them, and Cipher's dungeons are more complex and engaging.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Snattle's outfit consists of a Badass Longcoat combined with a white jumpsuit underneath, with what appears to be a massive mood ring around his neck. His purple lipstick and bizarre hat (or possibly hair) don't do him any favors, either.
  • Faux Symbolism: All the protagonist's default names in the English version (Michael, David and Adam) have Biblical connotations.
  • Foe Yay:
    • After being defeated at Orre Colosseum, Lovrina takes a liking to Michael and grants him the title "Lovrina Fan Club Member No. 1".
    Lovrina: I was so impressed by your toughness! Because you are so tough, I'll let you be the first member in my fan club! Doesn't that so make your day?
    • Also, Gorrigan's letter talking of his new "friendship" with Michael is so over the top that some can't wonder how deep these feelings of "friendship" really run.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • Shadow Togepi's backstory: you have the option to trade it back to Hordel, with him giving you an Elekid with a unique moveset (if you give him the Shadow Togepi in particular). But you can feel his joy when you give the Togepi/Togetic to him. You can tell he genuinely cared for that little guy and wanted him to be purified as a personal favor, because he grew attached to it.
    • If you beat Greevil again after purifying all Shadow Pokémon, you'll see a brief cutscene of the hero putting his Snag Machine away, as it's not needed anymore. Gives a nice feeling of closure.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The Hexagon Brothers are obviously a Shout-Out to Super Sentai. However, they beat Sentai to the punch with a purple/violet ranger - 2 years before Sentai would have their first official one - and a brown ranger - 4 years before a wannabe ranger would take those colors.
    • Cipher Peon Lobar (the one with the Shadow Duskull fought during the ONBS invasion) uses Pokémon that all happened to gain evolutions in Generation 4. (Duskull, Misdreavus, Sneasel and Yanma)
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: Some thought the game re-used too much from Colosseum.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Cipher as a whole crosses it in the first scene (as if they weren't on the other side of the line already) with the destruction of the S.S. Libra, which is confirmed to kill several people.
    • Individually, we have Snattle's imprisonment of an entire town's population (apparently using violence no less), Lovrina's corruption of Shadow Lugia, and Ardos attempting to get Michael and everyone else within the area killed.
  • Narm: The title is hard to take seriously when it looks like the laughing Emoticon.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The idea of Shadow Pokémon was already scary enough, but Shadow Lugia is a Pokémon so completely messed up its body literally transformed.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Cipher Peons have a tendency to drop down from the ceiling when you least expect it. There's also one time where you get on an elevator alone, and you come out of said elevator with a Peon behind you.
  • The Scrappy: Michael's little sister Jovi. You're tasked with finding her at the beginning, she follows you around until you've collected the Machine Part, and insists you're her assistant the whole time.
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: It takes a few hours before you get into the meat of the game. What with finding your little sister, acquiring the Machine Part, and having to use the Purify Stone to individually convert your Shadow Pokémon until the Purify Chamber's complete. Once it is finished however, Cipher's plans start to come together, the map opens up, and you can start tackling their operations head on.
  • Special Effect Failure: The Bonsly Photo is obviously just official art of Bonsly plopped over a screenshot of Phenac City with a bad drop shadow.
  • That One Boss:
    • Snattle's second fight isn't Greevil caliber, but it's also fairly brutal on its own, mainly due to his Shadow Starmie being a decent sweeper and being fought a long way away from a healing machine on either end, but you fight the smartest grunt in the franchise right afterwards.
    • Eldes. His Shadow Salamence is a few levels higher than anything you've fought at this point, and it will steamroll anything that isn't a Shadow Pokémon. Not only that, but his other Shadow Pokémon hit quite hard as well.
    • Greevil not only has access to the three Legendary Birds, but also Lugia, as well as three Pokémon that are fairly strong in their own right.
    • Ardos. Unlike the previous enemies before him, and even a few after him, he introduces some diabolical shadow moves with three very high-quality Shadow Pokémon, two of which are fast, and have full movesets, the other, a Snorlax carrying Leftovers, being very difficult to capture. Oh, and his Alakazam, which he previously used to obliterate an earlier boss, will tear apart an enormous variety of Pokémon, covering all of the weaknesses of his team.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Some fans feel like changing Orre into a much more habitable place made it lose its "edge."


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